Aterian

  • Alicia L. Hawkins
  • Maxine R. Kleindienst
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Abstract

ABSOLUTE TIME PERIOD: >70,000–8000 B.P. This is only an estimate. There are about 50 Chronometric dates for materials associated with the Aterian, which come predominantly from the Maghreb. Many of these are radiocarbon dates for shell, bone, or carbonates. There are major discrepancies between uranium-thorium dates and radiocarbon dates, and many of the latter may be considered suspect. Additionally, many of the dates are infinite, which informs us only that the Aterian predates 40,000 B.P. Attempts to correlate the Aterian with a humid period in the late Pleistocene must be regarded with extreme caution as it has become increasingly clear that the Sahara was not climatically uniform during this period.

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Depression Uranium Shale Beach Charcoal 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alicia L. Hawkins
    • 1
  • Maxine R. Kleindienst
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Toronto at MississaugaMississaugaCanada

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